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Detoxifying Bradford Politics

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De-toxifying Bradford Politics - The journey from rotten borough to modern secular democracy.


Bradford West, sometimes known as the wild wild west, at least since the by-election of 2012, has been in the national spotlight – and not always for the right reasons. Accusations of misogyny, clan politics, block voting, sectarianism, undue religious influence and ‘sharp practice’ are just some of the fine phrases used to describe political behaviour across the district in recent years.

So where does all this underhand and nasty practice come from? Is it about parties, personalities or prejudice? And how does Bradford’s ethnic politics fit in to the equation? More to the point how does Bradford move on and develop a more mature, fair and inclusive democracy?


** Our Panel **

To help us make sense of it all we’ve assembled a fantastic panel of people at the heart of things. Naz Shah MP has been at the receiving end of some vile personal abuse, in both 2015 and 2017 general elections. She knows better than most why our politics needs to change.


Twice elected Women's Officer at the University of Bradford and two years NUS Executive Council member Samayya Afzal, like many young people in Bradford, has found her political voice and has high hopes for the future.


The Social Action and Research Foundation (SARF) aims to provide a deeper understanding of how communities are marginalised from social, political and economic life. Amina Lone is passionate about empowering people and knows how citizens are excluded from the political process.


To bring this all together we’ve gone back to our friends at the BBC and recruited journalist Sabbiyah Pervez to expertly chair the proceedings. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a controversial and insightful debate.

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